Rangers entrance

The Kilgore College Rangers run onto the field before a recent game against Cisco. The Rangers’ annual youth skills camp is coming up June 7-11, the most interactive camp of its kind in the state.


Rangers youth skills camp June 7-11

The annual Kilgore College football youth skills camp, for ages seven through 16, is scheduled for June 7-11 at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium, from 8 a.m. until noon.

The noncontact camp is taught by the coaching staff at KC, including head coach Willie Gooden. The Rangers are the winningest junior college program in Texas history, and finished the most recent season ranked sixth in the nation.

Registration is $125 and that includes instruction, meals and camp T-shirt. Cash, checks or credit cards are accepted.

Campers should wear comfortable athletic clothing and football cleats.

For more on the skills camp, go online to kilgore.edu, then to athletics, then to the football site, and to the camps link.


KC men’s basketball tryouts June 5, July 10

Kilgore College’s men’s basketball program will hold tryouts at 1 p.m. on both June 5 and July 10 at Masters Gymnasium.

Registration is $20, and tryouts are open to any college-age basketball player with collegiate eligibility.

Registration begins at noon.

Water will be on hand, and players should wear rubber-soled basketball shoes, shorts and a T-shirt.

KC coaches, who guided the Rangers to a Region XIV Conference tournament championship and a berth in the NJCAA Men’s National tournament in the 2021 season, will evaluate the skills of each athlete and athletes will be contacted via phone by coaches. No decisions will be made on the day of the tryout.

Hoberecht’s boys basketball camp July 12-15

The 2021 Brian Hoberecht Boys Basketball Camp is set for July 12-15 at Masters Gymnasium, on the Kilgore College campus.

The camp is open to boys ages eight to 17, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each of those days, at a registration cost of $100.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the first day of camp (July 12). For the registration fee, campers get a camp ball, T-shirt, awards and lunch each day. Concessions will be open during break times and priced at a low cost.

The camp is directed by KC men’s head basketball coach Brian Hoberecht, and his assistant coaches.

The KC men just played in the NJCAA men’s national tournament for the second time in eight years, and Hoberecht just finished his 13th season at KC. The remaining camp staff will be made up of other college coaches and current KC players.

Anyone wishing to go ahead and get in the camp application and fee can do so by going to kilgore.edu, then to the men’s basketball link, and to “summer camp” option.

Checks should be made payable to Brian Hoberecht, and can be mailed along with an application to Kilgore College, ATTN: Brian Hoberecht, 1100 Broadway, Kilgore, Texas 75662.


Hi-Stepper fundraiser tourney June 18

The 10th annual Kilgore Hi-Stepper golf tournament will be Friday, June 18, at Meadowbrook, with lunch served at noon, and then a 1 p.m. start.

This two-man scramble is a fund-raiser for the Hi-Steppers.

Sponsorships are also available: $1,000 for a title sponsorship (two teams, two carts, premium signage, and four mulligans/ four buy-a-drives); $600 gold sponsorship (one team, a cart, significant signage and two mulligans / two buy-a-drives); and hole sponsorships for $100 each, which is recognition on event signage.

Checks should be made payable to KHS Hi-Stepper Support Group, 1202 Hillvale, Kilgore, Texas 75662.

For more information, to enter or to become a sponsor, contact Brandi Woods at (903) 932-1555 or Jennifer Hattaway at (903) 985-0080.

— By sports editor Mitch Lucas

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